Jack Lamar Roberson
Reported by HuffingtonPost
Police in Georgia say they had no choice but to shoot a man who was, according to his family, experiencing an adverse reaction to medication he took for his diabetes.
The family of Jack Lamar Roberson claims they called 911 on Friday for medical help and that the 43-year-old was not a threat at all. Police say Roberson was armed.
“They just came in and shot him,” Alcia Herron, Roberson’s fiance, told First Coast News. “He didn’t say nothing, the police didn’t say nothing, anything, it was like a silent movie. You couldn’t hear anything, all you could hear were the gun shots go off and I seen them going into his body and he just fell down.”
Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said Monday that authorities responded to a suicide threat and that Roberson approached them “aggressively armed with two items used as weapons,” according to the Florida Times-Union.
The chief refused to specify what those weapons were, according to the Associated Press.
Roberson’s mother insisted that her son was unarmed and that there were “no weapons in this house whatsoever.”
“I saw my son shot down,” she told the newspaper. “It was ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.”
The officers involved were placed on administrative leave as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reviews the case.